Penguins

Yesterday we wrapped up our penguin unit.  It is one of my favorite units to teach and the kids really enjoyed learning about penguins too.  Here is a look at some of the things we did this week:

Arctic Animal Read & Write the Room {This is from my penguin mini-unit and can also be found in my Read & Write the Room All Year Long pack.}


 Word Sort {from Deanna Jump's Snowman Math & Literacy Fun}
Students sorted the words by if the ow sounded like snow or cow.  This was a challenge for my students, but most of them did pretty well.


Blizzard Blends {from Deanna Jump & Julie Lee's Winter Centers for Math & Literacy}
Students had to write the blend at the beginning of each word.


Pocket Chart Story {from Jessica Williamson's Wintery Fun Math & Literacy Unit}



 We wrote penguin facts on fish and added them to our "Learning About...." bulletin board.  {This idea came from Deanna Jump}


 We made these cute, quick, and simple penguin crafts.  I forgot to take a picture of the display I put up with all my students' penguins.  {You can find this craft and writing prompt in my TpT store by clicking here.}


We wrote about penguins this week.  We wrote about penguins together each day, but on Friday the students had to write two facts independently.  I was so impressed by what they wrote!  {This is from my Penguin mini-unit.}

"Penguins are great divers.  Penguins are great swimmers."

 "Penguins have a beak.  Penguins are black and white."

 "Penguins can catch fish.  Penguins have beaks."  
I loved the illustration on this one! :)


I saw this game idea on Deanna Jump's blog.  The students try to carry a ball like an Emperor penguin would carry an egg.  Deanna used nerf footballs, but we had these small white fuzzy balls in the gym closet so I used those instead.  The students had a blast!  They had to go from one side of the carpet to other carrying the ball without using their hands.  Some of them were quite good!



Next week we will be learning about MLK on Tuesday and then Polar Bears for the rest of the week.  Stop by to see what activities we do while learning about both MLK and polar bears!

I will using my friend Elizabeth's MLK unit to teach MLK.  If you haven't stopped by her blog Kickin' It In Kindergarten, then you need to!  It is super cute and she has a lot of great ideas.  



Then I will be using Deanna Jump's Arctic Animal Unit to teach about Polar Bears.


Have a great rest of your weekend!  I am loving the extra day we get.  :)





5 comments:

  1. Your penguin study looks like it was lots of fun. That is on my list of themes coming up! Our district is super picky about making sure to use the curriculum that they purchase for us, so I have to fill in extra themes here and there when I can. Love the craft. Super adorable!

    Erin
    www.missandersonkinder.blogspot.com

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  2. I really like the penguin facts written on the fish. Your penguin looks like fun with his crazy hair. Too cute!

    By the way when I click on your link under your name when you comment on my blog for some reason it won't take me to your blog :( It tells me that there isn't a blog.

    Brittany
    BLovely Literacy & More

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    1. Thanks Brittany......I think I fixed it. I am going to try it on this comment and if it still doesn't work I will have to google it tomorrow :) I appreciate the heads up!

      Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

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    2. Glad you have it working now. I had mentioned it under a comment you left on my blog because I couldn't figure out how to get to yours but was able to via Khrys' blog luckily. Also, I just got an email from Kimberly Ann at Live, Laugh, I Love Kindergarten about putting in any V-Day products for a giveaway. I mentioned you to her about if you had any or could come up with any V-day items to put it in for a great V-Day giveaway to give you a shout. Just a heads up!

      Brittany

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    3. Thanks for the shout out! I really appreciate that. I am working on a Valentine's Day product right now :)

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